Quacks

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Robert (Rory Kinnear) is a fabulously vain celebrity surgeon in 1840s England, performing blood-curdling operations to a gallery of love-struck women. His friend John (Tom Basden) is a pioneer of anaesthetics and William (Mathew Baynton) a psychiatrist. Together they are ahead of their time as medical practitioners, but not so far that they’re entirely comfortable with John’s bizarre ideas about offering pain relief for amputations by saw.

It’s an original conceit from Rev writer James Wood with some bold flashes of wit and a fabulous performance by Rupert Everett as Dr Hendrick, the slightly hateful boss of the local asylum. The sheer weirdness may take a while to get used to, but I’m happy to submit to the surgical saw for a follow-up procedure.

Summary

New series. Medical comedy set in Victorian London about four pioneers, friends and rivals who are fighting to make a mark on the world and save lives. In the first episode, surgeon Robert is put under pressure after a botched amputation, so John - a drug-addled dentist - who is trying to create the world's first anaesthetic, convinces Robert to use a potentially lethal ether in a pioneering operation.

Cast & Crew

Robert Rory Kinnear
Peters Ed Gaughan
Sally Maggie Service
Laura Amy Marston
Mr Smiles Tom Godwin
John Tom Basden
Annie Victoria Alcock
Butterworth Osi Okerafor
William Mathew Baynton
Fitz the Guard Andy Linden
Tom Adam Ewan
Dr Hendrick Rupert Everett
Caroline Lydia Leonard
Maggie Georgia Brown
Becky Rebekka Bowling
Landlord Geoff McGivern
Mrs Pope Georgie Glen
Matron Selina Griffiths
Duke of Bedford Nicholas Blane
Director Andy de Emmony
Editor Robin Peters
Executive Producer James Wood
Executive Producer Justin Davies
Producer Imogen Cooper
Writer James Wood
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